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Going Native is Stephen Wright's darkly comic take on the road novel, in which one man's headlong escape from the American Dream becomes everybody?s worst nightmare.

Wylie Jones is set: lovely wife, beautiful kids, barbecues in the backyard of his tastefully decorated suburban Chicago house with good friends. Set, but not satisfied. So one night he just walks out, gets behind the wheel of a neighbor's emerald-green Galaxy 500, and drives off into some other life, his name changed, his personality malleable.

In Wright's inimitable narrative, we're taken on a joy ride to hell, a rollercoaster of sex and violence and the peculiar mix of the two that is our society today.

Review:

"An uncompromising...version of On the Road....Chilling and often brilliant." New York Times

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"A road novel, a diabolic picaresque, a pilgrim's progress that becomes a dance of death, a voyage to the end of night, an executioner's song....An impressive literary performance." The Wall Street Journal

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"A dark, delirious journey down the highway of the contemporary soul....Mr. Wright shares obvious fictional territory with writers like Don DiLillo and Thomas Pynchon, and yet his prose bursts with originality." New York Times Review of Books

Review:

"Dazzling, eerie....Stephen Wright rides shotgun through a disturbed America....[He] stands 'America's Most Wanted' on its head." Esquire

Review:

"He broadcasts an English as electrically intoxicating as a mescaline slurpee....Wright doesn't supply answers, just dark and rapturous neon reflections of the society of spectacle in this hilariously mordant and discombobulating book." The Village Voice Literary Supplement

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"Brutal subject matter and a knife-edged style are the formula for noir, and Going Native is glitteringly noir. Often it reminds me of Orson Welles' deliciously sleazy Touch of Evil." New Yorker

Review:

"Daring...a disturbing look into the nether world of American culture....Many of Wright's sentences haunt the reader's mind and demand contemplation....The work of an accomplished writer who may soon be regarded among the top echelon of contemporary American novelists." San Francisco Chronicle

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"A phantasmagoria of roadside attractions: Drugs, truckers, flophouses, movie stars, amateur porn — the miasma that rises from a red, white, and blue-balled pop culture." Spin magazine

Review:

"Sure-footed, loose-limbed, lyrical, perverse, and deeply, alarmingly funny, Going Native is just about as dead-on crazy as the American novel so desperately needs to be if the form intends to survive the century. Stephen Wright is a major talent." William Gibson

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About the Author

Stephen Wright is the author of Meditations in Green, M31: A Family Romance, and Going Native.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400079421
Author:
Wright, Stephen
Publisher:
Vintage Contemporaries
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.04x5.21x.75 in. .75 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400079421 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An uncompromising...version of On the Road....Chilling and often brilliant."
"Review" by , "A road novel, a diabolic picaresque, a pilgrim's progress that becomes a dance of death, a voyage to the end of night, an executioner's song....An impressive literary performance."
"Review" by , "A dark, delirious journey down the highway of the contemporary soul....Mr. Wright shares obvious fictional territory with writers like Don DiLillo and Thomas Pynchon, and yet his prose bursts with originality."
"Review" by , "Dazzling, eerie....Stephen Wright rides shotgun through a disturbed America....[He] stands 'America's Most Wanted' on its head."
"Review" by , "He broadcasts an English as electrically intoxicating as a mescaline slurpee....Wright doesn't supply answers, just dark and rapturous neon reflections of the society of spectacle in this hilariously mordant and discombobulating book."
"Review" by , "Brutal subject matter and a knife-edged style are the formula for noir, and Going Native is glitteringly noir. Often it reminds me of Orson Welles' deliciously sleazy Touch of Evil."
"Review" by , "Daring...a disturbing look into the nether world of American culture....Many of Wright's sentences haunt the reader's mind and demand contemplation....The work of an accomplished writer who may soon be regarded among the top echelon of contemporary American novelists."
"Review" by , "A phantasmagoria of roadside attractions: Drugs, truckers, flophouses, movie stars, amateur porn — the miasma that rises from a red, white, and blue-balled pop culture."
"Review" by , "Sure-footed, loose-limbed, lyrical, perverse, and deeply, alarmingly funny, Going Native is just about as dead-on crazy as the American novel so desperately needs to be if the form intends to survive the century. Stephen Wright is a major talent."
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